A beautifully evocative social history of the Thames Estuary.
The Thames Estuary is both a waterway and an edgeland of civilisation. Over centuries it has been swept back and forth by tides of history, commerce, tradition, piracy, war, art and, of course, the weather and currents which make it a danger to the innocent and experienced alike. Inspired by its eerie beauty, Rachel Lichtenstein offers a powerful and moving odyssey through this haunting landscape - and tells the story of the people who have chosen to work, live, and love on and beside the endlessly restless waters they dare to call home.
“Lichtenstein restores edgy pride and celebrates muddy beauty”
Blake Morrison, Guardian
“Lichtenstein is a cultural archaeologist, digging up forgotten stories”
“Rich in eerie poetry . . . Glittering rivulets and wildlife-teeming marshlands . . . A working river with the most extraordinary depth of history”
“Lichtenstein's engrossing study brings her into contact with the murky history of these unquiet waters. In this immersive account, she does it evocative justice”